September 24, 2021 - by
Florida State Volleyball Grabs Key ACC-Opening Win

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (Seminoles.com) – Led by three players with 20+ digs, the Florida State Volleyball team showcased a strong defensive effort in defeating Notre Dame on the road, 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-16, 25-22), in the ACC opener at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.

The Seminoles (8-2, 1-0) recorded a season-high 98 digs in four sets of action, as junior Lauryn Burrows totaled a career-high 23 digs while redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon also added a career-best 23 digs. Freshman libero Emery Dupes rounded out the talented trio with 20 digs, as the Fighting Irish (3-8, 0-1) found it difficult to take advantage of any open hitting lanes.

“Good win against a good team on the road,” FSU Head Coach Chris Poole said following his 195th career ACC win. “Notre Dame has played one of the top schedules in the country including taking No. 3 Ohio State to five sets last weekend on the road. They always play tough and are well coached. We made more errors in this match but a lot of that I contribute to a young team on the road for our first conference match. We will learn from this experience and keep getting better.”

Notre Dame attacked at just a .117 clip, with FSU getting better as the match went on. The Irish hit just .083 in the third set then went down to .060 in the fourth set.

The offense of sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley was something Notre Dame could not stop on Friday night. The Oviedo, Fla., native pummeled 11 kills and hit .429 on the night.

Also reaching double-digit kills was Chacon (13), freshman Audrey Koenig (10) and junior Emma Clothier (10). Chacon tallied her 16th career double-double and her fourth in her last five matches played.

Senior Caroline Golden recorded three of FSU’s six service aces, as the Seminoles boast one of their best serving groups in the Coach Poole era (since 2008). Chacon added two aces while Tessier had one.

Freshman middle blocker Khori Louis had a career performance in front of the net with eight blocks while adding nine kills. FSU registered 12.0 team blocks but Notre Dame won in that category with 14.5.

Tessier had 48 assists, 12 digs and tied her career high with five blocks in another tremendous all-around performance.

Notre Dame was led by the swinging of Charley Niego, who posted a match-high 17 kills.

Florida State finishes its road trip facing fifth-ranked Louisville on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNews.

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